Definition of PEP
PEP: The abbreviation PEP stands for a number of things in medicine including post-exposure prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means a defense or protection.
Post-exposure prophylaxis, for example, might concern the treatment of a health care worker exposed by a needle stick to HIV with a drug such as AZT to protect them from being infected with HIV.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012